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The International Advocacy and Research Forum for Surrogacy and LGBT Parenting

The Men Having Babies conferences focus on providing guidance to prospective parents, but they are also a meeting place for many committed surrogacy and gay parenting supporters, including parents, surrogates, researchers, professionals, and policymakers. Indeed, there are no other such opportunities throughout the year where all of these constituencies meet. As the leading resource in surrogacy and LGBT parenting, MHB has been approached over time by community leaders, surrogates and academicians with requests for collaborations and information sharing. The International Advocacy and Research Forums for Surrogacy and LGBT Parenting were created in response to these requests, and are held at several of our major conferences worldwide.
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Who should attend these Forums?

The Advocacy and Research Forum is open to anyone who is interested in benefitting from and / or contributing to an ongoing discussion of the social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting. Stakeholders include community activists, researchers, students, surrogates, professionals, legislators, journalists and others. Most of the Forum’s sessions take place concurrent to the guidance sessions of our conferences, and as such they are not designed for intended parents (although they will be free to attend if so desire).

What do the Forums offer?

The Advocacy and Research Forum offers opportunities for formal and facilitated discussions about topics and developments relevant to parenting through surrogacy and / or by LGBT parents. They also offer an opportunity to join forces on advocacy initiatives, and share best practices and recent research findings among advocates worldwide.

The topics covered in the Forums include the following:
  • Academic research currently published, ongoing and suggested.
  • Legislative and advocacy developments related to surrogacy (such as in NY, Netherlands, Canada and UK).
  • Underlying ethical issues that manifest in the legal and social debates about surrogacy, including compensation, the timing and scope of consent, protections against exploitation, etc.
  • Ongoing international efforts to regulate or issue guidelines on surrogacy (such as by the Hague Conference and the UN’s Special Rapporteur).
  • Initiatives to promote ethical surrogacy practices and wider access to these options, including:

How to register?

We typically hold Advocacy and Research Forums on the Friday afternoon / evening before our two-day conferences in Brussels, New York, San Francisco and Taipei. Admission is free, but advanced registration is required using the event page (see below). Attendees or exhibitors at the MHB conference of the corresponding weekend do not need to register separately, but RSVP may be required if space is limited (see each event for details).

Upcoming Forums

May 13, 2022 - Community Collaboration with the Surrogacy Industry / MHB's Advocacy and Research Forum

Join Men Having Babies and community partners as we discuss the involvement of non-profit and community organizations in the surrogacy industry. It is common for fertility and surrogacy businesses collaborate with non-profit organizations on advocacy, education, financial assistance and standard-setting. The panel will discuss the dynamics of the various relationships patters that are typical between businesses and non-profit in the same field  - including adversarial positions, charitable support, utilitarian collaborations and even partnerships. In particular, we will examine how a nonprofit like MHB can maintain its independence and accountability to the community it serves while fostering mutually beneficial collaborations with entities that at times may have diverging interests.

If you already registered for San Francisco Conference on May 14-15 you can just RSVP for this program by emailing All others are invited to register at no cost, subject to our public health guidelines and limited space (up to 50 attendees).

Where: The Marines Memorial Club and Hotel, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco / 10th Floor - Regimental Room

When: May 13 from 5:30 - 7:00pm (check in starts at 4:45pm)


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